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Welcome to the Copyright Office website

It is our hope that the information contained on our website will help get you on the road to understanding copyright rules regarding the educational use of materials for online teaching, photocopying and film performances.

Review of Dalhousie's Copyright Compliance Framework

The University has developed a copyright compliance framework to assist all members of the University community in meeting their shared obligation to respect the rights of copyright-holders in their use of material for research, teaching and learning. To further support and assess the effectiveness of the framework, the Dalhousie Libraries Copyright Office, in collaboration with Internal Audit Services, will be overseeing regular reviews of course content in the university's learning management systems.

Those requesting course space on Brightspace for the fall semester will notice a slight change: you will be required to fill out an electronic form detailing your course information, and you will be asked in that form if you are confident that all course materials are uploaded in a manner consistent with copyright requirements. You will have the option of choosing yes or unsure. If you answer unsure, the Copyright Office will reach out to you to provide further support and guidance, either individually or in a group setting.

The course material may be randomly selected for review over the course of the year. The results of the review will be used solely as the basis for development of education to assist the University community in managing copyright obligation. Regardless of which answer you select, you will be able to move forward with requesting your course space. The primary instructor is responsible for the responses chosen in the form.

For more information about this review process, please contact Donna Bourne-Tyson, University Librarian at 902-494-4089 or donna.bourne-tyson@dal.ca.

Developing and maintaining a copyright compliance framework that supports ethical and sustainable copyright practices is a shared responsibility, and it is up to all members of the Dalhousie community to stay informed about best practices in the use of instructional material.

Received A Takedown Notice?

Have you made available on your personal website or your department's website, the final published versions of your research articles and subsequently received a notice from a publisher to remove them from any open web environment?

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) has some very good advice for dealing with takedown notices when they are received as well as for avoiding their receipt in the first place.

New Fair Dealing Policy and Guidelines

(February, 2013): The University has approved a new Fair Dealing Policy and Guidelines.  This policy, developed by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), applies fair dealing in non-profit universities and provides reasonable safeguards for the owners of copyright-protected works in accordance with the Copyright Act and the most recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions.

You can access the new fair dealing guidelines here.

Bill C-11, Copyright Modernization Act Now Law

(November 7, 2012): Bill C-11 has, by and large, been enacted with the full force of law.  The changes it introduces are some of the widest and most sweeping in decades.  The user oriented provisions in effect include:

  • The addition of education, parody and satire as fair dealing purposes.
  • User generated content (i.e. mashups) are now protected as well as the websites that host them.
  • New consumer exceptions for practices such as time shifting, format shifting, and the making of backup copies.
  • An exception for publicly available materials on the Internet for education.
  • A technology neutral approach to the display of materials (the previous law was limited to overhead projector or manual reproduction).
  • A new distance learning provision, tempered by a requirement to destroy teaching materials at the conclusion of the course.
  • A digital delivery model for interlibrary loans.
  • A new exception for public performance of films in a classroom setting which should reduce the need for licensing of such materials.

The sections of Bill C-11 that deal with ISP's and the notice and notice takedown system proposed in the legislation came into effect on January 1, 2015.

Commentary and analysis is also provided via Michael Geist's blog. Mr. Geist is a law professor and Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa.

Dalhousie and the AUCC-Access Copyright Model Licence Agreement Update

Dalhousie is developing a framework to guide us in developing ethical, sustainable copying practices.  The development of this framework is in combination with a movement towards Open Access will enable the University to work towards those ethical and sustainable practices.

Faculty are asked to continue relying on copyright compliance best practices already established; making or distributing hard or digital copies only to the extent permitted under an existing license, under the Fair Dealing Guidelines or with the permission of the publisher.

Dalhousie Libraries' e-Reserve Service

Want to make course-related articles and book chapters available electronically to your students in Brightspace? The Dalhousie Libraries offer faculty an e-Reserve service: an option to have links to licensed e-content added to your reading lists and uploaded to Brightspace by one of the Dal Libraries’ Circulation staff, with copyright clearance obtained if necessary.

For further information on this service, please visit the Dalhousie Libraries' Course Reserves for Faculty webpage.

Selected Copyright Resources

The Dalhousie Libraries have prepared a number of resources to help the Dalhousie community gain a greater knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding copyright compliance on campus.

  • We provide clear guidelines on fair dealing rules as they apply to research, private study, criticism, news reporting, education, parody and satire.
  • The Fair Dealing FAQ's for Faculty address some of the more common questions that arise in dealing with copyrighted material.
  • Dalhousie University licenses many electronic resources for its staff, faculty, and current students including indexes, databases, e-journals, and e-books. Our Dal Libraries' Electronic License checker tool helps you stay informed about what uses are associated with each of the products.
  • Get up to speed on copyright rules regarding the use of materials for online teaching, photocopying and film performances. 


Questions?  Contact Us Anytime!

For further information on Dalhousie's strategy in developing ethical and sustainable copying practices, please contact:

Copyright Office Email

Roger Gillis
Copyright & Humanities Librarian
(902) 494-2003

Donna Bourne-Tyson
University Librarian, Copyright Officer
(902) 494-4089

Elaine MacInnis
Associate University Librarian, Library Services
(902) 893-6670